Monday, 15 May 2017

WATCHING YOU GROW

I have been incredibly lucky to experience many of Jack's firsts. From those early firsts like the first smile and first tooth to more recent firsts like him learning to ride on a scooter and jump on a trampoline, I have seen them all. Yes, being a stay at home parent can be lonely and some days I really miss adult conversation and the ability to wee in peace but I also get the absolute privilege of watching Jack grow.



Jack recently turned three. I remember the days where he could only say a few words and used to cling to furniture as he walked. Now he chatters away to me all day - the loneliness in the most part has started to wane (I still need to make some mom friends) as I get to spend the day with someone that I would put above everything else. As Jack has grown, I have too. I have grown as a mom and as a person. As a mom, you are always putting your child's needs above your own. As Jack has grown, my life has changed too and it will change again very soon when Jack starts Nursery.



 As I write this, I am a day or two away from finding out if Jack has a nursery place for September. Going from spending every waking minute with a little human to dropping them off at school for 15 hours a week is going to be tough for us both. The only difference being that he will be very vocal about it and I will be crying out of sight! If he doesn't get a place at Nursery we will need to consider other options. He is at an age where he needs more than just me. He needs social interaction and friends - i'm hopeful that Nursery will offer new experiences and will allow him to blossom.



In the meantime, I'm going to savour the summer months and spend as much time doing new and fun activities with Jack. I'm going to savour every second as time really does fly by. Before I know it Jack will be a teenager!





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Thursday, 23 February 2017

MY S/S ZARA BOYS WISHLIST

With Summer approaching, Jack's wardrobe of thick knitted jumpers and long sleeved t-shirts just isn't going to cut it. He is desperately in need of a few new bits and as a huge fan of all things Zara Kids, I do not need much persuasion to take a look at their Spring/Summer Range. What a great range it is. From quirky leggings to cute slogan t-shirts they have so many things that I really like. Here are some of my favourites! (Hurry up Payday)


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1. I love this camouflage sweatshirt. Paired with Black Leggings I think it would look fantastic.
2. The arrows on the knees of these leggings are really eye-catching. I like Zara leggings and can't wait to buy these.
3. I love a slogan t-shirt.
4. I'm very much into black and white colours at the moment. These fabric plimsolls will go with most outfits i think.
5. I love to put Jack in a denim shirt and leggings. This Palm Tree shirt is fantastic!
6. I love colourful t-shirts so this one is a hit.
7. These black dungaree are so simple and will look fab on a trip to the beach in the Summer.
7. I really like the stripes on this jumper.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

MY WEEK IN PICTURES #1

So if you follow me on some of my social media channels, you may know that I am ever so slightly addicted to Instagram. From real life pictures of the bits your toddler gets up to, to glossy monochrome feeds. I love them all. 

Last year, I often posted a My Week In Pictures post on a weekly basis. I really enjoyed creating this post as it was lovely reflecting on my previous week and gathering all my pictures into one place. After a short blogging break, I've decided that this is something I should reinstate. I don't have a glossy Instagram feed or a high resolution camera but I do have a beautiful little family who I love photographing at every opportunity. 

Feel free to leave your Instagram handle in the comments below. Here's My Week In Pictures.



1. Bath time for my toddler. He absolutely loves these bath toys.

2. Relaxing at his aunties house. We were watching Toy Story again.

3. Getting all of his Paw Patrol toys out, obviously.

4. I love Monday's. Fresh start to the week.

5. A cup of tea and a bit of youtube = perfection

6. Just one of those days where I was beyond tired. This is what happens when you have worked a night-shift and have been awake for 28 hours!

7. For a child that hates colouring, this Paw Patrol colouring book sure was popular.

8. My new lush storage. A cake stand from Ikea.

9. Taking the boy to the park.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?

After a period of fairly inconsistent blogging, I've decided to start writing down my thoughts and rambles again. In many ways my blogging break occurred as I began to feel disillusioned with blogging. I felt like it was one more thing to add to my already busy life. The longer time has gone on, the more I have missed the online blogging community and the relaxation that writing down my thoughts provides.

Today, I thought I would share something that has been playing on my mind recently and rose to the fore today after a little trip to the park.

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?


Jack is 34 months old, so very nearly three. He remains home with me during the week and is yet to start nursery. In an ideal world, I would love Jack to attend a few nursery sessions a week. I feel it would allow him social interaction with children his age and a chance to do activities that we do not do at home.

Currently aside from looking after Jack during the week as a stay at home mom, I also work two nightshifts a week as a manager in retail. This is how I manage my life and ensure that Jack has childcare at all times. As a family, we never qualified for the 15 free hours childcare that some children can get at the age of 2. Whilst I would have loved to have sent him for a day or two a week, financially as a family we just couldn't afford it. I used to take Jack to toddler classes and playgroups but as a non-driver (Wayne drives though) they are sometimes difficult to get to. Aside from that we have moved house and are now too far away to meet up with the parents and children I met at those classes.




I'm settling into a new area and am trying to find different classes and groups in the area that I can take Jack to. In September, Jack will be able to start Nursery as he will get some funding towards this. Is it too little too late? Jack is at an age where he wants to play with other children and is a little bit bored of being with mummy all of the time. Equally, I'd love to meet some local mums.

Today we went to our local park and as we arrived we saw there was a little boy playing in the playground. As we got into the playground, the boy and his mother left. Cue tons of tears from Jack who wanted to play with the little boy. Jack loves playing with children his age and I'm not able to offer him the chance to. He is a loving, affectionate child who loves playing with others. September seems a long way away and I need to find a way of making mom friends soon. Being a mom is the most amazing experience, I just hate the mom guilt that comes with it.





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